Walking Together without Fear: Reading and Writing with Alice Walker

by Mark Chmiel

Author of many books, most famously The Color Purple, Alice Walker is one of the most renowned  writers who came of age during the 1960s in this country. Now in her early seventies, she continues to produce creative work and interfere with injustice as a global citizen in people’s movements.

In this summer course we will read and write responses to  many of Walker’s recent poems (as well as to our own experiences) and discuss her short essays on her activist life.

We’ll meet from 6:30 to 8:15 on Thursdays  July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, and 27. We are fortunate to gather at Jerry and Marty King’s home (third floor 830 DeMun Avenue, Clayton 63105).

Buy these books or check them out of the library:

The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers: New Poems

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems

Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel.

It’s recommended to be familiar with Natalie Goldberg’s rules for Writing Practice. I can fill you in if you are interested.  Also, bring a laptop, or notebook and pen, as well as your receptivity, daring, and loving-kindness. For those who want to participate from outside of Saint Louis, an online component will be available.

Tuition is $100 for Saint Louis participants, $50 for on liners.  Please message me or send an email (Markjchmiel@gmail.com) if you are interested in being a part of this  class.  If you can think of someone who might be eager to be part of this, please pass along this information.

 

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